speakers Dr. Carlos Aparicio

Pikos Symposium 2019

Zygomatic Implants – The Zygoma Anatomy-Guided Approach (ZAGA)

To overcome the original technique drawbacks, different surgical approaches, including the extra-sinus technique, have been described. A minimally invasive protocol, named Zygoma Anatomy-Guided Approach (ZAGA) is aiming at promoting a patient-specific therapy. ZAGA avoids damaging sinus wall improving hard and soft tissue sealing and maintenance. Surgical management of the implant site is guided by the anatomy of the patient. As a consequence, the path of the implant may vary from a total intra-sinus to a total extra-sinus one. Using specific success criteria for zygomatic implants, ZAGA method has proved enhanced results and reduced number of long term complications.
Learning Objectives:
• To understand the Zygoma related rehabilitation challenges, goals and related risks
• To understand the rationale for the zygomatic osteotomy
• To understand how to avoid late complications in the Zygoma related rehabilitation using the ZAGA philosophy



Dr. Carlos Aparicio Biography

Dr. Carlos Aparicio was born in 1953 in Tarazona, Zaragoza. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in Medicine & Surgery in 1978 and completed his Dentistry degree in 1983. He graduated with his Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the University of Gothenburg (P-I Brånemark tutor), Sweden in 1984. In 1990, he graduated with his Master’s Degree in Science of Materials, Polytechnic University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. In 1992, he received a Diploma in Periodontics at the University of Gothenburg (Jan Lindhe tutor) Sweden. In 2010, he completed his Master in Biomedical Research at the University of Barcelona, Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude international mention at the University of Barcelona School of Medicine.

Dr. Aparicio has been a visiting professor for several different universities. He has had the opportunity to be a fellow researcher within the Handicap Research Group in the Department of Biomaterials at the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has been a referee at the European Journal of Oral Implantology and Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research. As well as, the Past-President of the Osseointegration Foundation of the American Academy of Osseointegration, a Board member of EAO from 2004-2006, and the Founding President of the Spanish Society of Minimally Invasive Dentistry. In 2016, Dr. Aparicio was a member of the Academic of the Royal European Academy of Doctors.

In 1985, Dr. Carlos Aparicio created the first center dedicated exclusively to the rehabilitation of tooth decay by means of prostheses fixed to the jaw by implants. Today he works to expand the ZAGA philosophy and supports the experts at Zygoma ZAGA Centers dealing with patients with bone atrophy or great bone loss. He has written the book “Zygomatic implants: the Anatomy-Guided Approach” along with numerous doctoral thesis publications based on “Zygomatic implant-based oral rehabilitation. The state of the art and proposed criteria for success.”


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